A recent study has revealed that Connecticut would benefit from a reduction in the number of humans living in Fairfield County. Without getting into specific numbers, the recommendation is to cull the segment of the county’s human population by the number of hunters therein. In other words, culling Fairfield County’s human population by whatever percentage thereof hunters represent, all species in the state would be a whole lot better off.
The study, which I just did in my head, was inspired by an article published in Saturday’s edition of the Connecticut Post. The news report, headlined “Deer herd declining in Fairfield County,” examines what members of Connecticut’s drooling class would call the “success” of the area’s deer “management” program.
In his story, Robert Miller asks the (presumably) rhetorical question: “What’s the right number of deer?”
I suppose what separates the evolved among us from the above-mentioned drooling class is how we respond: we find the question itself arrogant — it sounds like something Hitler and Goebbels might’ve discussed — while the Neanderthals start doing math.
Most Connecticut Post readers probably thought nothing of the question and kept reading to find out the “answer.”
Howard Kilpatrick, a biologist who works for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, believes Fairfield County’s deer population should be half of what it is today. And David Streit, who chairs the Fairfield County Municipal Deer Management Alliance — a organization “whose purpose is to foster a collaborative approach to managing the region’s abundant deer population and its impact on ecological integrity, public health and safety,” according to its website — thinks the county’s deer population should be culled by an additional 75 percent.
Fortunately, lest any Connecticut Post readers get distracted by such arrogant “answers” to a destructively presumptuous albeit commonly asked question, Priscilla Feral, president of the Darien, Conn.-based animal-rights advocacy group Friends of Animals, was interviewed and pointed out that “the DEEP is in the business of selling hunting licenses.”
In other words, dear Connecticut Post reader, understand that a discussion about wildlife “management” is a discussion about the business of killing.
Clearly, if there’s a population that needs to be “managed” it’s the human one — starting with the drooling class.